The Healthcare Australia Victoria team recently sat down with Jessalyn Law, a registered nurse, to learn a little more about just what it’s like to work agency with Healthcare Australia.
HCA: Why did you decide to become a nurse?
Jessalyn: I was always interested in human biology and I like helping people, so without even knowing what nurses did I applied for the bachelor of science in nursing degree and surprisingly got accepted.
HCA: What part of being a nurse appeals to you most?
Jessalyn: Emergency nursing appeals to me because it challenges me everyday. The vast demographic of people that present to emergency for care range from newborns to geriatrics and everything in between, which keeps me engaged and on my toes. I liken the job to being a “health detective” because you’re always trying to figure out what the problem is. A day in emergency is never boring!
HCA: Who do you take care of? Tell us a little bit about your patients and the kinds of activities you are involved in.
Jessalyn: In emergency, people present most commonly with pain of any and all sorts. Injuries, accidents, flare ups of chronic illnesses, children with fevers or rashes, problems with any bodily systems. If you can think of it, someone has probably gone to emergency for it. It’s our job to try and figure out what’s causing the issue, or at least provide temporary relief from the problem until it can be investigated further by a specialist.
HCA: Do you enjoy the flexibility of picking and choosing shifts suit your family and/or lifestyle opposed to a 9-5 office job?
Jessalyn: I definitely appreciate the flexibility of making my own availability. I’ve never been a routine based person and the thought of working a 9-5 job kills me a little bit inside.
HCA: How does the ability to self-roster suit your lifestyle? What shift patterns do you prefer?
Jessalyn: I’ve been working mostly evenings and night shifts. Learning the morning routine without an orientation is a little daunting on the medical/surgical floors so nights have been the best for me there. Luckily all the staff I have worked with have been amazingly friendly and supportive.
HCA: What challenges do you face on a daily basis?
iJessalyna: Moving to a new country where everything is slightly different has shaken my nursing confidence a little bit, but I know in the long run it will make me grow as a nurse and I’m excited for the change that will come with this challenge.
HCA: What advice do you have for new nurses?
Jessalyn: Ask every question you can think of, but try and find the answer for yourself first if you can. Never fear feeling like you are not smart enough or not good enough. And always be sincere, people can tell when you’re not being authentic.